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. >>> first lady michelle obama says she will challenge jerry brown and the rest of the nation's governors to make it easier for military members to get jobs after leaving combat. she plans to make the big announcement today after a white house meeting. mrs. obama wants states, including california, to pass legislation allowing veterans to get professionals credentials or licenses based on their military experience. 60,000 american troops are expected to come home from afghanistan by 2014 and the obama administration said they will need jobs when they get here. >>> also, last night, first lady michelle obama made a surprise appearance at the academy awards. >> and the oscar goes to -- "argo." congratulations! [ cheers ] >> "argo" won the night's top prize for best picture. that film directed by ben affect and produced by -- ben affect and produced by george clooney won. other big winners of the night at the oscars included -- jennifer lawrence for best actress in "silver lining's playbook." daniel day-lewis for "lincoln" >> coming up at 7:38. we'll bring you a live report from hollywood. >
suffering the way folks are in newtown. >>> first lady michelle obama is meeting privately with the family of a 15-year-old honor student right now, before attending the girl's funeral. police say hadia pendleton was gunned down last month in a park, just about a mile away from the obama's chicago home. investigators say she was not the intended target. just a week before her death, pendleton performed with her band at obama's inauguration, an event she called a highlight of her life. no arrests have been made in the case. >>> back here in california, hundreds of gun advocates demonstrated at the state capitol for their second amendment rights. >> we're sick and tired of the assembly and congress telling us what we can and can't do! >> protesters gathered on the steps of the capitol building. many are parents who say they are ensuring the right to bear arms. the state legislature is considering measures that would give california the toughest gun control laws in the country. proposals include background checks for buying ammunition clips and banning clips that hold more than 10 bullets. >>
among those cars, it's reported. >>> last year, michelle obama was joined by steve jobs' widow at the state of the union. and this year, the family and gun victims of gun violence are invited. >>> we're hearing that president obama is making an add dish to the state of the union address -- an addition to the state of the union address. jamie dupre joins us via skype. and the president is expected to talk about afghanistan. so more foreign affairs than i think some expected. >> reporter: yeah, tori, and add in there, the issue of automatic budget cuts that will hit the military as well as domestic accounts. just listening to a hearing that's still going on at this hour. the various service branch military chiefs, one by one or going down the line and talking about how over $40 billion in cuts that would hit march 11st at the pentagon would -- march 1st at the pentagon would be devastating. the air force chief of staff is talking about big cuts in his branch. the vice chief of nato operations echoing the same, saying three aircraft carriers are tied up because of monetary concern
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